Friday, 1 February 2013
February is Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Month
Did you know?
* Every day, six babies are born with heart defects. That’s more than 2000 babies born with Congenital Heart Defect’s every year
* Heart disease is one of the most common birth abnormalities
* CHD is one of the greatest killers of infants under the age of one
* More than four Australians die each week because of a Congenital Heart condition
* Some children acquire heart conditions during childhood from illnesses such as Kawasaki disease or rheumatic fever. For some children, like Julian, there is no known cause.
* A disproportionate number of indigenous children suffer from acquired heart diseases, often as a result of rheumatic fever, which is prevalent in many communities
* It is estimated 32, 000 children under the age of 18 are currently living with CHD in Australia
* Approximately half of all children diagnosed with heart disease will require surgery to correct the defect
February is International CHD Awareness Month, and February 14th is International CHD Awareness Day